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Old 11-27-2012, 11:42 PM   #1
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I think my brain keeps coming back to this question because either I really want a new shiny toy, I am bored or I think that somehow a pump will make everything go easier but I am wondering if a March or Chugger pump is worth it for 5 gallon brewing? Also maybe the holiday sales is pushing me a little too.

Is it worth the extra cleaning, maintenance, cost, etc?

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:48 PM   #2
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they are heat resistant and food grade, the only other option is a peristaltic pump, pain in the arse if you ask me.

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:50 PM   #3
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by the way they are very easy to maintain and clean, the cost is the only issue, and for what they do it is a fair price. If you got back problems or just want to pump wort purchase a march or chugger, other than that roll with gravity

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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I'm in your same boat, however I have officially asked santa to bring me a shiny new pump for christmas. I'm on 5 gallon batches right now, and don't really see a change in my future. The single biggest driving force for me is to be able to have ALL containers at whatever level I want - no moving water by hand or via gravity unless I want to. With a pump comes extra expense (hoses, maybe ball valves, fittings, etc) and cleaning but I really only plan on moving the hot liquids with it. After the immersion chiller I'll use gravity to drop the wort into a carboy.

I'm sure I'm a bit short-sighted on some of these things but will {happily} deal with them as they come

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Old 11-28-2012, 02:49 AM   #5
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Stpug, unfortunately Hannukah Harry isn't as generous to me.

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I pulled the trigger. It is a done deal. I ordered the center inlet though. I am a touch worried about converting from 3/4 to 1/2. I assume that most convert down so why make the 3/4 to begin with.

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That's the same one I asked santa for and plan on reducing to 1/2". I guess I'll just have to wait it out.

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